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David Fowler, President of The Family Action Council of Tennessee (FACT), issued a statement in response to President Obama issuing an executive order mandating that all federal contractors and subcontractors make "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" a protected status in the workplace:
Yesterday the President continued his assault on religious liberty by requiring many religiously-affiliated charitable organizations to embrace the homosexual lifestyle even if doing so violates their long-standing doctrinal positions regarding human sexuality.
The President’s executive order essentially imposes on religious organizations doing great humanitarian work the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) that neither Democratic- nor Republican-controlled Congresses have chosen to enact since the mid-1990s. As a number of these religious organizations begin to discontinue their humanitarian efforts, those they serve will be hurt.
It is past time for our U.S. senators and representatives and all people of goodwill who respect the protections under the First Amendment and the Constitution’s assignment of the legislative functions to Congress to say, “Enough.”
The Family Action Council of Tennessee, which Fowler heads, was formed in 2006 by a group of citizens concerned about the growing negative impact of public policies on the family.
FACT says there mission is to equip Tennesseans and their elected officials to effectively promote and defend a culture that values the traditional family, for the sake of the common good.
In the Volunteer State, sexual orientation and sexual identity are not protected statuses for employers. However, the State of Tennessee prohibits discrimination against applicants and employees on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, or veteran’s status. Sexual orientation and gender identity are not protected statuses for employers in Tennessee.
Contact for infromation: Laura Bagby with FACT
Jasper Reynolds Public Relations